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Sega MegaDrive Mini VS. NES Classic Edition

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A little over a year ago, Nintendo released the Nintendo NES Classic Edition.  This popular home console was a miniature-style of the Nintendo Entertainment System.  It had 30 games to choose from.  From Balloon Fight to The Legend of Zelda, every popular title was built into the machine.  Unfortunately, the product was discontinued for a while (being that they sold out like HOT CAKES within five months!); but Nintendo plans to relaunch the console this summer.

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Nintendo truly made an incredible move with their marketing strategy.  By adding consoles like the Nintendo NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition, Nintendo roped in a lot more audiences into their brand.  Young professionals that grew up playing Super Nintendo or NES can choose to play through those games again.  Nintendo is still introducing new titles for the Nintendo Switch, yet they continue to produce content for the older generation as well.  This console sent shock-waves out to other gaming companies.

While those Nintendo NES Classic Editions have been on hiatus, Sega has been working on their own plans.  This year, Sega plans to release… The Sega MegaDrive Mini.

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The Sega MegaDrive — almost 30 years later after its initial release and a mini version of it will be released this year.  It introduced controversial games such as Mortal Kombat and Night Trap; we were also introduced to Sega’s mascot Sonic the Hedgehog.  Sonic was to Sega as Mario was to Nintendo.

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No word yet about what titles will be released or when the console will be released in America, but It will first be released in Japan this year.  After that, the Sega MegaDrive Mini will be distributed all around the world later on.  Either way, we can look forward to another Sega Genesis console coming out.

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The 90s console war just got real interesting – after learning about Nintendo’s success, Sega is now jumping in on the nostalgic bandwagon.  Nostalgia is the key idea that is generating a lot of profit, being that businesses are seeing a lot of success happening for them.  Sega wants to reap in those profits through this winning marketing strategy as well.

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Two decades later and we still have the most popular video game companies competing against each other.  Nintendo and Sega are working harder than ever to further their business, all in the name of healthy competition.  Both companies have come so far, so it will be interesting to see which one is voted the better console in the future.

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In the end, its just another round between Nintendo and Sega.  Nintendo NES Classic Edition VS. Sega MegaDrive Mini – let the games begin.

Yooka-Laylee Drops a Hot Track!

If you ever played Donkey Kong 64 during your childhood, then you certainly remember the DK Rap.  This funky song introduces the Kong crew through a well-written rap about what their special abilities were.  Diddy Kong could fly real high with a jetpack on and Lanky Kong floated just like a balloon!  It was a silly rap song that game composer Grant Kirkhope created for the title.

Flash forward almost 20 years later and Kirkhope’s latest work was composing video game music for Yooka-Laylee that’s slated to release on April 11th.  After his success with the Banjo-Kazooie series and Donkey Kong 64, Grant Kirkhope was busy composing new tunes for the game.  One of the best part about Kirkhope composing the score?  He created a rap track specifically about Yooka-Laylee!

That’s right folks – Yooka-Laylee has their own rap song featured in the game!  What started as an amusing stretch goal for Kickstarter has now become a real thing that Playtonic promised for their fans.  This rap son is as cheesy as the fans would expect, introducing some of the characters and their goals within the game.  Both Yooka and Laylee have a verse dedicated to introducing them and their special powers; it also introduces characters such as Trowzer the Snake and Rextro Sixtyforus (who is an homage to the Nintendo 64).

Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee is meant to invoke feelings of nostalgia for players that enjoyed the classic 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie or Donkey Kong 64.  It has that collectathon game-play feel to it that gamers enjoyed during the early 2000s.  Providing a Yooka-Laylee rap only makes sense because it pays tribute to the DK Rap that was created for Donkey Kong 64.

Yooka-Laylee stars a chameleon named Yooka and his batty pal Laylee as they venture out from Shipwreck Creek to explore deep inside the work of Hivory Towers.  The duo travel to Hivory Towers to search for the ‘Pagies’ in order to explore the secretive Grand Tomes.  Yooka-Laylee must stop their adversaries Capital B and Dr. Quack from absorbing all of the world’s literature and converting it into profit.  Players can use the Pagies in order to enter into new worlds or expand old worlds that were already unlocked.

It’s amazing that Yooka-Laylee got their own rap song!  Donkey Kong 64 was one of my favorite N64 games and the rap song was so catchy.  I’m glad that more nostalgic features from Rare’s classic titles are making their way into Yooka-Laylee.  This is a great strategy to reel in the audiences that enjoy the collectathon titles.  Hearing this rap song made me even more ecstatic to play Yooka-Laylee.

As a fan of collectathon games, I thought this was a neat idea from Playtonics.  Former employees of Rare that worked on Yooka-Laylee are doing great at providing interesting quirks from the classic titles into the project.  Yooka-Laylee is sounding like an amazing title to play and I can’t wait to check it out this month.  Who knows what other hidden features I may discover when I start playing the game.

With Playtonic employees coming in from working on various video game titles, it’ll be astonishing to see what kind of gameplay experience they provide for the players.  Yooka-Laylee releases in less than 2 weeks and fans are pumped to play the game soon.  Let’s hope that we discover more nostalgic features within Yooka-Laylee when it hits the shelves on April 11th!

Welcome Back to the Cash Cab!

Back when I was in high school I discovered this awesome series called Cash CabCash Cab was a game show hosted by stand-up comedian Ben Bailey that aired on the Discovery Channel.  Bailey would drive around New York City looking to pick up random strangers.  Once the contestants entered the cab, Ben would inform the party that they were part of the game if they choose to play.  Players would be asked to answer questions where they would win $25-$100 for each correct answer.  The game ends once the players reached their destination or if they answered wrong three times during the ride.

Cash Cab first aired on December 5th, 2005 and ended its final ride on April 18th, 2012.  It was a unique game show that took place within a NYC cab with a variety of trivia questions.  The cash cabs may have been out of service since 2012, but Discovery Channel is looking to revive the show soon.

After a 5-year cancellation, Cash Cab returning to Discovery Channel!  The adventurous game show is returning to the Big Apple for all new episodes.  Each episode will follow the same format with each contestant.  Discovery Channel has not announced a set host yet, but Ben Bailey could return his position as the Cash Cab host.  For an even more shocking twist, special comedians and celebrities will be driving the cab to pick up passengers.  There are no other changes that will be made to the classic format, but more news is to come soon.

It’s so awesome to hear that Cash Cab is returning soon!  I loved watching the series and I dreamed about entering the Cash Cab when I’m in New York again.  This will be interesting to see a modernized version of the series after being cancelled for over 5 years.  With ride-sharing apps being the new norm for transportation, it’ll be interesting if people will be taking the cab at all.

Who knows, maybe the Cash Cab will become a ride-sharing vehicle like Uber or Lyft.  The Discovery Channel should consider using a ride-sharing car rather than the typical cab since millennials get a Lyft these days.  Times have changed over the past 5 years and Cash Cab should consider ditching the cab to keep up with the latest trends.  That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with the show’s format, but it would be a helpful strategy for better ratings.

For now, let’s appreciate that the Cash Cab will be rolling around the streets in NYC soon.  Who knows what unsuspecting passengers will win big money while on the Cash Cab!